Praise for move to let Rohingya work

Source: The Star Online

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Latest findings: Shamini Darshni and Amnesty International Southeast Asia and Pacific Regional Office deputy director (campaigns) Josef Roy Benefit at the launch of the report in Kuala Lumpur.

PETALING JAYA: A pilot programme to allow Rohingya refugees in Malaysia to work is a positive step taken by the Government with regards to human rights, says Amnesty International Malaysia.

Its executive director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu, in unveiling the Amnesty International Report 2016/17 yesterday, said about 300 Rohingya would be allowed to work legally in the country under the scheme. Read more

Prisons need to meet minimum UN guidelines

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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FMT News: Jails will only produce hardcore criminals if prisoners are treated inhumanely, says lawyer N Sivananthan

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia must conform with the United Nations (UN) guidelines that require authorities to treat prisoners with dignity, a lawyer with the International Criminal Court said.

N Sivananthan said the UN Standards Minimum Rules For Treatment of Prisoners was not binding on Malaysia but it was high time the authorities improve prison conditions.

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Child sex abuse: Why justice is not served

Source: FMT News

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Madeleine Yong — Pic taken from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Child victims of sexual abuse often find it difficult to get justice because the legal process is too burdensome, says an organisation combating sexual abuse against children.

Madeleine Yong, founder of Protect and Save the Children, said the law required too much evidence to be presented before a suspect could be prosecuted.

“You need forensic evidence, which is already hard to get, and then you need corroborative evidence too,” she said. “Those are the two things the authorities look for, and it’s often impossible to get both.

“We’ve had so many cases with forensic evidence, and yet they didn’t manage to go through.”

Yong was speaking after a screening of a documentary on paedophilia at PJ Live Arts in Jaya One. Read more

Syariah amendments constitutional, says former judge

Source: The Star Online

Retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof said the [amended RUU355] Bill would be constitutional if the crimes it addressed did not overlap with matters included in the Federal List, including murder, rape, robbery and theft.

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Retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof speaking at a lecture on the legality of the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (Act 355). Pic taken from The Star Online.

PETALING JAYA: Amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (Act 355) are constitutional, but the proposed upper limits of its punishments are too high, warns retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.

He said attempting to set higher punishments through the Syariah courts would destroy the precepts that these courts were of limited power.

“Can it be done? Yes. Should it be done? No, I believe the upper limits are simply too high,” he said during a lecture on the legality of the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (Act 355). Read more

Malaysians should learn from Acehnese treatment of Rohingya refugees, says activist

Source: The Star Online

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysians should take a leaf from the book of the Acehnese people on their treatment of refugees, said a human rights activist.

Lilliane Fan of the Geutanyoe Foundation for Aceh said that during the Rohingya boat crisis in 2015, the Acehnese fishermen took it upon themselves to save the Rohingya at sea.

She said that while the Acehnese themselves have suffered because of a long-standing conflict there, they also believe strongly in their adat or customary law.

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Court will hear Pua’s bid to strike out Najib suit on April 3

Source: FMT News

The Petaling Jaya MP maintains that as public official, Prime Minister Najib Razak has no legal standing to bring an action on a public interest issue.

The Petaling Jaya MP maintains that as public official, Prime Minister Najib Razak has no legal standing to bring an action on a public interest issue.

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court will hear on April 3 an application by Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua to strike out Prime Minister Najib Razak’s defamation suit over remarks the DAP lawmaker had allegedly made on the 1MDB issue.

Pua’s lawyer Aliff Benjamin Suhaimi said judicial commissioner Roslan Abu Bakar has also fixed three days from Sept 18 to hear the merits of the suit.

“Our case is that as a public official, Najib has no locus to bring the suit against our client on a public interest issue,” Benjamin told reporters after the case management before the judge in chambers. Lawyer Nor Azira Abu Haiyan appeared for Najib.

 

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Royalty should renounce privileges to contest public posts, lawyer says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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Several people have been arrested over the past months for posting offensive remarks about Tunku Ismail on social media, with most of them investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 — Privileges and immunities enjoyed by members of the royalty vying for or holding public positions could discourage open discussions about their performance, according to a lawyer.

Fahri Azzat, who was commenting on Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim contesting the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) presidency against Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) adviser Tan Sri Annuar Musa, said it would be difficult for comments to be made against public officials when they have protections unique to their position as royalty.

“For example, if TMJ is FAM president and FAM’s performance during his tenure is poor, criticism about FAM can be easily, if not readily, inferred as being against TMJ. Any criticism against royalty and matters affiliated to them is potentially seditious,” Fahri told Malay Mail Online, referring to the Johor crown prince using the acronym for the position in Malay.

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Sabah to provide work permits for illegal immigrants, with strict conditions

Source: New Straits Times

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Pic taken from NST Online

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government will be implementing a rehiring programme which will provide illegal immigrants here with valid work permits and the opportunity to work legally.

The six-month programme will commence tomorrow. State immigration director Musa Sulaiman said the initiative is part of the government’s effort to address labour shortages for sectors in which foreigners are permitted to work. Read more

Muslim women shouldn’t use emoticons, group says in anti-Valentine’s Day campaign

Source: The Malay Mail

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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 — The National Muslim Youth Association (Pembina) advised Muslim women against using emoticons in text messages or wearing fragrance, ahead of Valentine’s Day tomorrow.

Pembina’s guide published on its official Facebook page today said Muslim women should avoid seven things while dealing with “non-mahram”, or men they can marry, even outside the day commemorating love.

 

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Protests greet Malaysia aid ship for Myanmar’s Rohingya

Source: FMT News

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Dozens of Buddhist monks and demonstrators waving national flags and signs reading “No Rohingya” congregated at the Thilawa port. – Pic taken from FMT News

YANGON: Anti-Rohingya protesters gathered at a Yangon port on Thursday to meet a Malaysian ship carrying aid for thousands of refugees from the persecuted Muslim minority fleeing a bloody military crackdown.

Dozens of Buddhist monks and demonstrators waving national flags and signs reading “No Rohingya” congregated at the Thilawa port waiting for the ship to dock.

Hundreds of Rohingya are thought to have been killed in a brutal four-month campaign by security forces that the UN says may amount to ethnic cleansing.

Tens of thousands have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh bringing harrowing tales of murder and rape.

“We want to let them know that we have no Rohingya here,” a Buddhist monk named Thuseitta, from the Yangon chapter of the Patriotic Myanmar Monks Union, told AFP at the docks. Read more